DISINFACTS | Special edition 2023

Events 20 Highlights of the HSC online symposium 2023 At a glance: On June 15, 2023, our online symposium series continued with the theme “Looking Back and Ahead – Past and Future Challenges in Infection Prevention”. The three-hour event was divided into two sessions. An overview: Session 1 Session 2 In this part of the event, Professor Dr. Johannes Knobloch (Head of Hospital Hygiene Department, Institute of Medical Microbiology, Virology and Hygiene at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Hamburg, Germany) reported on the lessons learned from the pandemic experience at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). Dr. Jon Otter (Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK) shared some examples of the importance of language in communicating healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial resistance in his presentation. For example, communication during the COVID-19 pandemic influenced the wearing of personal protective equipment and hand hygiene. In her presentation, Dr. Alexandra Peters (Scientific Lead for CLEAN HOSPITALS | Infection Control Program & WHO Collaborating Center for Infection Prevention and Control and Antimicrobial Resistance, Geneva, Switzerland) reported on the CLEAN HOSPITALS Project – a cooperation of international stakeholders working to promote and support environmental hygiene in healthcare. Environmental hygiene is a significant lever to reduce the rate of healthcare-associated infections [1]. But in practice, this area is generally understudied and underfunded. The CLEAN HOSPITALS project aims to counteract this with scientific publications and the annual CLEAN HOSPITALS DAY on October 20, which has been held since 2020, with the goal of drawing attention to the importance of environmental hygiene. In this part of the event, Dr. Milo Halabi (Head of Institute of Pathology, Microbiology, and Infection Diagnostics, Krankenhaus der Barmherzigen Schwestern Ried, Austria) showed the digital possibilities in the control of healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Every year, 4.1 million patients in Europe suffer from HAI. In this context, digitisation can help to track down more HAI. In his presentation, Stefan Krojer (Founder and Managing Director of ZUKE Green, Erkelenz, Germany) provided strategic recommendations for the successful implementation of a sustainability strategy, in addition to best practice examples. At the end of the virtual symposium, Dr. Jan Schröder (Senior Scientist Formulation Development & Risk Manager, HARTMANN SCIENCE CENTER, BODE Chemie GmbH, a company of the HARTMANN GROUP, Hamburg, Germany) gave an overview of first steps towards sustainable disinfection. In this context, the focus was on disinfecting wipes. You would like to learn more about the content of the symposium? We have summarised the highlights for you in the following article. https://www.hartmann-science-center.com/ en/top-issues/hsc-symposium-2023 1. Global Alliance for Infections in Surgery (k.A.) 7 strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections, https://infectionsinsurgery.org/7-strategies-to-prevent-healthcare-associated-infections-2/ (accessed 16.06.2023) Looking back: The COVID-19 pandemic as a chance – impact on today's infection prevention Looking ahead: Future challenges in infection prevention Looking back & ahead